Plan Your Visit

For more information call 217-586-2612.

Museum Hours

During COVID 19 the museum's hours are slightly different.
e Museum of the Grand Prairie will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Tuesday through Friday. The first hour of every Wednesday will be reserved for persons over 65, and other vulnerable groups. Patrons are no longer required to sign up for a time to visit.

Masks and social distancing will be required within the facility. Handwashing/sanitizing is encouraged before entering or upon entry to the building. Patrons are asked to check themselves and members of their party for symptoms before arriving and stay home if they are sick.

Visitors should note that many hands-on, interactive experiences may be closed, or removed temporarily as required by the governor’s office and local public health officials. The Museum of the Grand Prairie’s Discovering Home exhibit, on the lower level, will be closed until further notice. Bathrooms and popular public areas will be cleaned on a regular basis.

The Champaign County Forest Preserve District strives to keep its users safe while offering its great educational opportunities. It is likely that we will increase hours in the coming months as the COVID-19 virus statistics improve. Meanwhile, the Museum and Education Department will continue to offer excellent programming on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Find us there!


No admission fee for individuals and families, donations appreciated.


Free and accessible.

Museum Staff

Front desk staff are available during all open hours (see complete list above). Other museum staff are available via email, or by calling 217-586-2612.

Visit our Satellite facility!  Click here to learn more about the Homer Lake Interpretive Center.


Museum Behavior

To safeguard you, your family, and your belongings as well as the exhibits and artifacts of the museum certain behavior rules apply. For a complete list click here.


The museum is wheelchair accessible. Signage is accommodated to persons with low vision. Tactile and audio experiences are incorporated into most exhibits.

The museum is located at 950 North Lombard, Mahomet IL 61853. Google Map

- Traveling east on Interstate 74--Take Exit 172 (This is the exit for Gibson City, Mahomet, and Illinois Route 47). Go north (left) about 1/2 mile to the entrance to Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve and turn right. Make another right turn into the museum parking lot.

Traveling west on Interstate 74--Take Exit 172 and go north. DO NOT take Exit 174. Although you will see a sign for Lake of the Woods Park and the Early American Museum at Exit 174, the most direct route is to use the next exit, which is Exit 172. Go north (right) about 1/2 mile to the entrance to Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve and turn right. Make another right turn into the museum parking lot.

- Traveling east or west on Interstate 72 -- Take Exit and go north. This is the exit for Mahomet and Illinois Route 47. Stay on Illinois Route 47 as it turns through Mahomet and it will bring you to our doorstep at the west edge of Lake of the Woods Park.

Traveling north or south on Interstate 57
-- Take Interstate 74 West at the edge of Champaign then follow the instructions above.

- Traveling north or south on Interstate 55-- Take Interstate 74 East at the edge of Bloomington then follow the instructions above.

Group tours, bus tours and senior tours are available March though December.
Call to determine availability.

Contact Pat Cain for more information. Email or call 217-586-2612.